Re: Passing Defense - The Only Way Is UP. Improvement due to Talib vs Moving McCourty to S?
posted at 7/30/2013 4:09 PM EDT
In response to russgriswold's comment:
In response to Macrawn's comment:
100 percent Talib. McCourty at safety is an improvement but without Talib at corner secondary play would not have improved. We finally have two guys who can play corner hurrah!
Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding the truth.
Disagree. The back end makes it possible. It steers the ship, so to speak. It's a big reason why he had problems in 2011.
Sanders and Meriweather gone, Sergio Brown was in there, then benched. No continuity.
Talib absolutely helps. but as well as Dennard has emerged and Arrington having a nice AFC title game, they could get by without Talib, but I don;t think they could without a proper back end.
You gotta have some intellgence back there and McCourty has that for sure.
Bill Walsh moved Ronnie Lott to Safety in 1985 because he needed his cerebral presence back there. Then they drafted Don Griffin to across from Eric Wright in 1986, and they were winning the SB by 1988 again. It did take them a year for them to transition that, and I think we may have already seen McCourty's this past season.
In 1985 they had some issues in their secondary, so even for them it wasn't smooth. The Rams won the division that year and were a better defense. Walsh saw it and moved Lott to the back end to setttle it down.
Easy to prove. When Talib isn't playing they get eaten up in the secondary. They have had a poor secondary since Mr. Get Paid left. Sanders and Merri did help that secondary but it was still poor when they were there. It's now turned the corner for the first time since Samuel left and it isn't because McCourty moved to safety. I'd add Dennard's play as a more important piece than McCourty. MC comes in at #3. Without Dennard and Talib, you have no pass d back there.